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Lola Bryson

on 4 April 2014

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A simile compares two things using the words “like” and “as.”
There are seven types of imagery

Visual imagery
: sight; and allows you to visualize events or places in a work. (like a mental image)

Auditory imagery
pertains to a sound. This kind of imagery often comes in the form of onomatopoeia.(another type of figurative language :D )

Olfactory imagery
pertains to an odor.

Gustatory imagery
pertains to a taste.

Tactile imagery
pertains to a texture or sensation of touch.

Kinesthetic imagery
pertains to movement, or an action.

Organic imagery
pertains to feelings of the body, including hunger, thirst, and fatigue.

ex. "In a figure of speech...."
or in poetry or in every day conversations,
figurative language is pretty common!

another example is "she is brave as a lion" (its a figure of speech because she isn't actually a lion, but rather has "the bravery of a lion"

what is figurative language?
personification of pain, fate, destiny
-alliterations, imagery..

spoken word: Tavis Brunson "Personification"
***side note
Figurative language as i already said is pretty common, but examples of figurative language are....


"I am posh"

The Vancouver Poetry Slam has been wowing audiences since 1996, making it the longest-running poetry slam in Canada.

When: Every Monday
Where: Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Drive)
How much: Only $6 - $10
Who: YOU!
1st, 2nd, 3rd & 5th Monday: Open Slam

4th Monday: Youth Slam (ages 14 - 22)
-And if your strife strikes at your sleep
Remember spring swaps snow for leaves
You'll be happy and wholesome again
When the city clears and sun ascends
-mumford and sons, winter winds

-Best believe somebody’s paying the pied piper
eminem lose yourself
-winter wonderland, rudolph the red nosed reindeer...
Aunt Annie’s alligator
Barber baby bubbles and a bumblebee
Camel on the ceiling C…c….c
Dr. Suess, ABC
almost any beatles song...
"juliet is the sun"-romeo and juliet
"life is a highway"-rascal flatts

extended metaphors:

"The teacher descended upon the exams, sank his talons into their pages, ripped the answers to shreds, and then, perching in his chair, began to digest."
"time is an enormous long river, and i am standing in it"- utah phillips
"It's raining cats and dogs"
pretty much any "yo ____" joke
"boom boom pow" by the black eyed peas
***another side note:

when using figurative language, vocabulary is key! in really anything in the english language, using the correct words orideal words is sososo important as it adds another depth of meaning to what you are going to say. for example if you are writing an alliteration, and its about a vague encounter with extraterrestrials, you could of course say: " the encounter with these creatures and it was really cool! i got to see all this like alien technology and wow you like had to be there.
ooor you could say"
"my alien adventure although alarming, allowed me an adventitious opportunity around an alluring atmosphere of exotic articles. #amazing

going back to conotation and denotation, word choice is very important again, as it allows your reader to understand underlying themes and attitudes
and this goes all the way back to "I am
when using figurative language, and writing in general, always remember who your target audience is do you want to be
, prestigious? or do you want to come across as young and juvenile. Its up to you!
Activity time! :D
Oreo: Milk's favorite cookie.
- slogan for Oreo cookies
Goldfish. The snack that smiles back, is an example of....?
Once More to the Lake“:

“When the others went swimming my son said he was going in, too. He pulled his dripping trunks from the line where they had hung all through the shower and wrung them out.
, and with no thought of going in, I watched him, his hard little body, skinny and bare, saw him wince slightly as he pulled up around his vitals the small, soggy, icy
. As he buckled the swollen belt, suddenly my groin felt the chill of death.”

-EB White
As a group come up with 3 example of alliterations used in commercials, products, character names or in pop culture....
ex. "American Apparel" or "Bed Bath and Beyond"

first group done wins
As a group come up with 2 examples of personification used in pop culture, media, commercials, books, tv shows, slogans...

first group done wins
which of the following is a metaphor?
a) snap, crackle, pop!
b)" hakuna matata means no worries for the rest of you daaays"
c) perry the platypus pranced past pink panther pouncing at pizza
d)She was a couch potato in the gravy boat of life, flopping dejectedly on the sofa
which of the following is a simile?
a)“You'll never put a better bit of butter on your knife." (advertising slogan for Country Life butter)

b)My Heart Is Like a Zoo (Hardcover)
by Michael Hall

c)peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers

Onomatopoeias are...?
as a group, give me 2 examples of hyperboles used in media, books, Tv shows, ads, slogans, brand names....

first group done wins
last activity!

as a group have/make
a conversation/commercial using at
1 poetic device (don't forget "I am posh" and vocab, vocab, vocab)

you have 7 minutes :)
Languidly "doing with out much strength
, energy
make sure you have a group of 3 or 4 and a sheet or two of paper out
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